Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JU Decision Coming `Soon' Players Want Harvey Back

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JU Decision Coming `Soon' Players Want Harvey Back

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Decision time has come for Jacksonville

University Athletic Director Tom Seitz.

With the Dolphins ending their basketball season with the worst

record in school history at 5-23, Seitz must now decide who will

coach the Dolphins.

Seitz relieved former coach George Scholz of his duties Dec. 20

and said assistant Buster Harvey would be the interim coach the

remainder of the season. After that, Seitz said, he would

announce the team's new coach once the season was completed.

"I can't set a date or anything, but soon," said Seitz,

following JU's 76-63 second-round loss to New Orleans in the Sun

Belt Conference tournament Saturday. "We're close."

Seitz wouldn't say which way he is leaning, but did say what

qualities he is looking for in the next coach.

"One, being able to recruit quality students to the

university," he said. "Graduating the players when they're here,

and then being competitive from the win-loss standpoint.

Hopefully, also being able to help in the community and create

interest in the community."

Harvey and his players have made their final pitches to keep

the current coaching staff together.

Harvey met with Seitz Saturday night to plead his case. The

players may go one step further.

"I pray and hope he gets the job," sophomore guard Aaron Fox

said. "Maybe me and some of the players might go and talk to the

president [Paul S. Tipton] and Tom Seitz. Coach Harvey is a

great guy and he cares about us."

To a man, each player wants Harvey to be given the job. They

credit the former Florida Community College at Jacksonville

coach for keeping things together through what was a

turmoilfilled season, plagued by a coaching change and

mountinglosses.

They say Harvey's belief in them throughout the losing is why

they want to play for him. It showed during the tournament, when

they avenged two earlier losses against Arkansas State with a

101-80 first-round win, and gave top-seeded New Orleans all it

could handle.

Their hustle and hard work had the fans at Barton Coliseum

adopting them during their two games. …

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